Though Monday started with sunny skies, a weather front that moved through the region later in the day made its presence by whipping at Valdosta with a thunderstorm.
"We had a frontal system in our vicinity (Monday) that stretched from the Georgia coast near Savannah to over near Pensacola and the Florida Panhandle," said David Roundtree, chief meteorologist with Southeast Weather Service.
At 6:10 p.m. Monday, Roundtree said there was still a large portion of Lowndes with rain over it. At that point, his rain gauge was measuring about 2 inches of precipitation.
"The significance of that is that most of that rain fell in less than an hour," the meteorologist said. "More than an inch and a half of that rain fell in a 40-minute period."
Fronts develop when the edge of a cold air mass and a warm air mass meet. Changes in weather occur along fronts.
"Hail was reported in several locations in Lowndes and in Brooks and in Thomas County," Roundtree said. "I think as (Monday) evening goes on, you will find other people reporting hail in Echols County."
In describing severe weather, Roundtree said that the more severe thunderstorms are the tallest. About 4:45 p.m. Monday, when the main thunderstorm cell was on the Brooks-Lowndes County border, Doppler radar reported a top on the thunderstorm at nearly 52,000 feet.
"As far as wind gusts, when this particular storm got to the (Valdosta Regional Airport), I noticed a wind registry of 58 mph," Roundtree said.
The thunderstorm downed trees and power lines within Valdosta on Monday afternoon. But meteorologists predict today will be much calmer weatherwise.
"The front is expected to stall south of our area late (Monday) and may keep skies somewhat on the cloudy side through Wednesday and bring us some chances of scattered showers through Wednesday as well," Roundtree said. "We're not forecasting any non-stop, all-day rains."
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